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Voting ends for the next Vice President; 98.21 percent votes cast

The election for the next Vice President has come to an end today at 5 PM. The election witnessed 98.21 percent voting, which is quite significant and highlights the fact that both NDA and opposition parties want their respective candidate to win. Although only one will win, on the surface both Venkaiah Naidu and Gopalkrishna Gandhi looked confident of their win. The voting had begun at 10 AM and after 5 PM, the Election Commission announced the conclusion of the polling. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the members of the Parliament who came in early to cast their votes. PM Modi could be seen in the queue, waiting for his turn to cast his vote. Many other politicians also cast their votes including Rahul Gandhi, Manohar Parrikar, Yogi Adityanath, Prakash Javadekar and others.

As per current speculations, NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu appears to have an edge over the opposition’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. It may be recalled that Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, so he may have some support from certain quarters, but poll surveys show that Naidu may have an edge over Gandhi. However, elections are known to deliver surprising results, so until the results are out, nothing can be said for sure. The counting of the votes has already begun and the results will be announced by 7 PM.

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